Andrew Granade

Andrew Granade
Associate Dean of Academic and Faculty Affairs and Professor of Musicology

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119 Grant Hall


S. Andrew Granade is Associate Dean of Academic and Faculty Affairs and Professor of Musicology at the UMKC Conservatory. He completed his Ph.D. in Musicology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2005, and also holds a Master of Music from UIUC as well as Bachelor degrees in Piano Performance and in History from Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, AR. Prior to coming to UMKC, Dr. Granade taught at Millikin University, Decatur, IL.

Granade currently teaches both semesters of the undergraduate survey of music history as well as graduate courses in research and bibliography in music, 19th, 20th, and 21st century music, Asian music, film music, and various aspects of American music, particularly those of the experimental tradition.  His teaching has been awarded at UMKC by the Chancellor’s Early Career Award for Excellence in Teaching (2010) and the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Excellence in Teaching Award (2010).

Granade’s research focuses on the American Experimental Tradition, particularly the composer and instrument builder Harry Partch. His book Harry Partch, Hobo Composer explores the impact of the hobo persona on Partch’s life, work, and reception, as well as the issues of exoticism that arise from it. The University of Rochester Press published the book as part of the Eastman Studies in Music in 2014. He also authored the New Grove Dictionary of American Music’s article on Partch as well as articles on the composer for the Journal of the Society for American MusicMusic and the Moving Image, and American Music. Granade has an active interest in music history pedagogy, presenting and publishing widely on issues especially related to graduate teaching, as well as film music, particularly that of science fiction film and television. His article on music in the television show Firefly is part of the award-winning collection Firefly Revisited: Essays on Joss Whedon's Classic Series and an article on music in science fiction westerns appears in Re-Locating the Sounds of the Western (2019). For his research, Granade was awarded the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Excellence in Research/Creativity (2015).